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Pimlico Special

Grade I race
Pimlico Special
Location Pimlico Race Course,
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1937
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.pimlico.com
Race information
Distance 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000

The Pimlico Special is an American Grade I thoroughbred horse race held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland in mid May. It is raced on dirt over a distance of 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs). The race is currently open to horses age four and older and offers a purse of $250,000.

Discontinued after 1958, the race was revived as a handicap event in 1988 and made a graded stakes race in 1990. It was not run in either 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2010. [1]

The Pimlico Special was first run in 1937 and was won by that year's U.S. Triple Crown winner War Admiral who went on to be voted the American Horse of the Year. In 1938, the Pimlico Special was host to one of American racing's historic moments when Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in a much anticipated match race. That race was covered by almost every major newspaper, magazine and radio station of the time.[1]

Nineteen Pimlico Special winners or runner-ups have gone on to win a Chamionship for Horse of the Year or an Eclipse Award as its division's best horse. The lateset was Invasor in 2006, others include; Mineshaft, Lemon Drop Kid, Real Quiet, Skip Away, Blushing John, Tom Fool, Coaltown, Citation, Assault, Stymie, Armed, Twilight Tear, Devil Diver, Whirlaway, Challedon, Kayak II, Seabiscuit and War Admiral.[2]

The Pimlico track record for 1³/16 miles is held by Farma Way who ran the distance in 1:52 2/5 while capturing the 1991 Pimlico Special.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1:52.40 - Farma Way (1991) (at current distance of 1³/16 miles)

Most wins by a horse:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Pimlico Special since 1937

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance

Time

Purse

Grade

2010

No Race

-

No Race No Race No Race

no race

0:00.00

no race

I

2009

No Race

-

No Race No Race No Race

no race

0:00.00

no race

I

2008

Student Council

6

Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Millennium Farms

1-3/16

1:54.87

$250,000

I

2007

No Race

-

No Race No Race No Race

no race

0:00.00

no race

I

2006

Invasor

4

Ramon Dominguez Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Stable

1-3/16

1:54.40

$500,000

I

2005

Eddington

4

Eibar Coa Mark A. Hennig Willmott Stables

1-3/16

1:58.05

$500,000

I

2004

Southern Image

4

Victor Espinoza Michael Machowsky Blahut Stables

1-3/16

1:55.89

$600,000

I

2003

Mineshaft

4

Robby Albarado Neil J. Howard Farish/Webber/Elkins

1-3/16

1:56.16

$600,000

I

2002

No Race

-

No Race No Race No Race

no race

0:00.00

no race

I

2001

Include

4

Jerry Bailey Bud Delp Brereton C. Jones

1-3/16

1:55.61

$750,000

I

2000

Golden Missile

5

Kent Desormeaux Joe Orseno Frank Stronach

1-3/16

1:54.65

$750,000

I

1999

Real Quiet

4

Gary Stevens Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram

1-3/16

1:54.31

$750,000

I

1998

Skip Away

5

Jerry Bailey Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine

1-3/16

1:54.20

$750,000

I

1997

Gentlemen

5

Gary Stevens Richard Mandella Randall Dee Hubbard

1-3/16

1:53.03

$600,000

I

1996

Star Standard

4

Pat Day Nick Zito Condren/Cornacchia

1-3/16

1:54.40

$600,000

I

1995

Cigar

5

Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson

1-3/16

1:53.60

$600,000

I

1994

As Indicated

4

Robbie Davis Richard Schosberg Heatherwood Farm

1-3/16

1:55.00

$600,000

I

1993

Devil His Due

4

Herb McCauley H. Allen Jerkens Edith LiButti

1-3/16

1:55.40

$600,000

I

1992

Strike the Gold

4

Craig Perret Nick Zito BCC Stable

1-3/16

1:54.80

$700,000

I

1991

Farma Way

4

Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Quarter B Farm

1-3/16

1:52.40

$750,000

I

1990

Criminal Type

5

José Santos D. Wayne Lukas Calumet/J. K. Arnemann

1-3/16

1:53.00

$1,000,000

I

1989

Blushing John

4

Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson

1-3/16

1:53.20

$700,000

II

1988

Bet Twice

4

Craig Perret Warren A. Croll, Jr. Blanche P. Levy

1-3/16

1:54.20

$710,000

1959

- 1987 - No Races

-

No Races No Races No Races

no races

0:00.00

no races

1958

Vertex

4

Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Joseph F. Piarulli J. J. Brunetti/F. A. Piarulli

1-3/16

2:00.60

$60,000

1957

Promised Land

3

Bill Hartack Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs

1-3/16

1:57.40

$60,000

1956

Summer Tan

4

Dave Erb Sherril W. Ward Mrs. J. W. Galbreath

1-3/16

1:56.60

$60,000

1955

Sailor

3

Hedley Woodhouse Preston M. Burch Isabel Dodge Sloane

1-3/16

1:57.60

$66,500

1954

Helioscope

3

Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Howard Hausner William G. Helis, Jr.

1-3/16

1:59.00

$60,000

1953

Tom Fool

4

Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable

1-3/16

1:55.80

$50,000

1952

General Staff

4

Glen Lasswell Jimmy McGee Larry S. MacPhail

1-3/16

1:57.40

$41,500

1951

Bryan G.

4

Ovie Scurlock Casey Hayes Meadow Stable

1-3/16

1:57.40

$41,500

1950

One Hitter

4

Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable

1-3/16

1:58.60

$25,000

1949

Capot

4

Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable

1-3/16

1:56.80

$25,000

1948

Citation

3

Eddie Arcaro Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm

1-3/16

1:59.80

$25,000

1947

Fervent

3

Albert Snider Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm

1-3/16

1:58.40

$41,500

1946

Assault

3

Eddie Arcaro Max Hirsch King Ranch

1-3/16

1:57.00

$41,500

1945

Armed

4

Douglas Dodson Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm

1-3/16

1:58.80

$41,500

1944

Twilight Tear

3

Douglas Dodson Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm

1-3/16

1:56.60

$41,500

1943

Shut Out

4

Eddie Arcaro John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable

1-3/16

2:00.20

$41,500

1942

Whirlaway

4

George Woolf Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm

1-3/16

2:00.40

$16,500

1941

Market Wise

3

Wendell Eads George W. Carroll Louis Tufano

1-3/16

1:58.80

$16,500

1940

Challedon

4

George Woolf Don Cameron Branncastle Farm

1-3/16

2:03.20

$16,500

1939

Challedon

3

Eddie Arcaro Louis J. Schaefer Branncastle Farm

1-3/16

1:59.00

$16,500

1938

Seabiscuit

5

George Woolf Tom Smith Charles S. Howard

1-3/16

1:56.60

$25,000

1937

War Admiral

3

Charley Kurtsinger George Conway Glen Riddle Farm

1-3/16

1:58.80

$10,000

  • For 3-yr-olds in 1937 and 1954.
  • Walkovers in 1942 and 1948.

See also

References

  1. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 47-52 on March 3, 2007.
  2. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 47-52 on March 3, 2007.




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